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Dental Services

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists have failed to meet their target number of units of dental activity since the new NHS dental contract was introduced in 2005, broken down by primary care trust; (154061)

(2) how many dentists (a) completed their annual units of dental activity (UDA) early, (b) requested further UDAs and (c) requested but were refused further UDAs in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust.

Information is not available in the form requested.

Information on the total units of dental activity delivered in 2006-07 at England, strategic health authority and primary care trust (PCT) level is contained in “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006”. This report is available in the Library.

Information is not held centrally on the number of contractors who completed their annual contracted level of activity before the end of March 2007 or on the number of requests to PCTs to deliver additional activity during 2006-07.

The Dental Services Division (DSD) of the National Health Service Business Services Authority holds data on dental activity provided under NHS dental contracts, together with information provided by PCTs on the levels of activity commissioned for each contract. However, these data are not routinely published. The DSD is currently considering a freedom of information request for a comparison of the two data items for 2006-07. Depending on the outcome, some contract level information of this kind may be available from the DSD later this autumn.